Swedish personal identity number

If you are eligible for a Swedish personal identity number (personnummer) you should apply for one as soon as possible since it facilitates opening a bank account, renting an apartment etc. and grants you free health care.

The Swedish personal identity number is a registration number used to identify people living in Sweden. It is granted by the Swedish Tax Agency (external link) and is necessary to gain access to the Swedish health care system, making a telephone subscription, applying for loans, obtaining an ID card, etc.

Who can get the number?

The registration number is only given to students who have a residence permit longer than 12 months (365 days) or students from inside the EU/EEA who are able to prove that they intend to stay in Sweden at least 12 months.

What does the number look like?

The personal identity number is a ten digit number where the first six numbers consist of your birthday plus four extra digits, e.g. (YYMMDD-XXXX). If you were born on 17 March 1989, then your number could appear as follows: 890317-4361

Applying for the number

To apply for a Swedish personal identity number you need to go to the local tax office (Skatteverket) and register in the population register (folkbokföring). You should take with you the material outlined below. After your visit to the tax office expect to wait between 1-3 weeks for your personal identity number to arrive in the mail.

Local tax office (Skatteverket) is located at Torggatan 23. Map (external link)

Visiting hours: mon - fri: 09.00-16.00, Tel: 0771-567 567 

Bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Residence permit
  • Registration certificate and admission letter from the university showing how long your studies will last
  • If you are married bring your marriage certificate

The officer handling your case will decide if you are granted a Swedish Personal Identity Number. You need to show that you intend to stay at least a year (e.g. admission letter, work contract) and that you can support yourself (e.g. bank statement, transaction receipt). Note that you do not need a Swedish Personal Identity Number to work and pay taxes, a co-ordination number (which you also apply for at the tax office) is enough.

Coordination number

If you are not eligible for a Swedish personal identity number but would like to work and pay taxes you can receive a coordination number (in Swedish "samordningsnummer"). You apply for it at the local tax office (see above). For more information go to Working in Sweden

ID cards 

Swedish ID cards (external link) are only granted to students who have a Swedish Personal Identity Number. Only a limited number of tax offices issue ID cards. The closest for students studying in Borås is the tax office in Gothenburg located at Rosenlund (Hvitfeldtsplatsen 9, Gothenburg). You need to bring your passport and a receipt showing that you have paid the application fee. Before applying please read about the ID card application conditions.

The University does not provide students with student identity cards. But if you become a member of the Student Union you will receive a student card (sometimes called “mecenatkort” in Swedish) in the mail a couple of weeks after you have become a member, which gives you the right to many student discounts.